National Institute of Mental Health

Chance needed in mental health clinical trials

Monday, February 6, 2017

The Pulse on Global Trials by Matthew Howes

Clinical development for mental health therapies remain an unmet need. Over the past decade, government-funded research initiatives in advanced countries have lagged in the area of mental health, and the private sector hasn’t succeeded in filling the gaps.

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NIMH’s Francis McMahon awarded Colvin Prize

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) has announced that Francis McMahon, M.D., has been named a recipient of the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation’s 2016 Colvin Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Mood Disorders Research. Dr. McMahon is chief of the Human Genetics Branch at NIMH. He came to the Institute in 2002 to establish a new genetics unit within the Intramural Research Program. Dr. McMahon’s mission at NIMH has been the identification of genes that contribute to the risk for mood and anxiety disorders so that better methods of diagnosis and treatment can be developed.

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NIH funds research network focused on HIV-infected youth

Monday, September 26, 2016

The NIH has awarded funding for a research network devoted to the health and well-being of adolescents and young adults with HIV or at risk for HIV infection. The awards, up to $24 million in 2016, provide for three research centers and a data coordinating center that will make up the Adolescent Medicine Trials Network for HIV/AIDS Interventions (ATN).

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Johns Hopkins, Salk co-lead $15M bipolar disorder and schizophrenia initiative

Thursday, September 8, 2016

The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and the Salk Institute for Biological Studies will co-lead a $15.4 million effort to develop new systems for quickly screening libraries of drugs for potential effectiveness against schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) has announced. The consortium, which includes four academic or nonprofit institutions and two industry partners, will be led by Hongjun Song, Ph.D., of Johns Hopkins and Rusty Gage, Ph.D., of Salk.

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NIH expands investment in HIV cure research

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

The NIH has awarded approximately $30 million in annual funding over the next five years to six research collaborations working to advance basic medical science toward an HIV cure. The awards comprise the second iteration of the Martin Delaney Collaboratory: Towards an HIV-1 Cure program and are a part of President Barack Obama’s pledge to invest in HIV cure research. The research program is supported by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the National Institute of Mental Health and the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, all part of the NIH.

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NIH launches substance use and adolescent brain development study

Monday, September 28, 2015

The NIH has awarded 13 grants to research institutions around the country as part of a study about the effects of adolescent substance use on the developing brain. The Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) Study will follow about 10,000 children beginning at ages 9 and 10, before they initiate drug use, through the period of highest risk for substance use and other mental health disorders. Scientists will track exposure to substances (including nicotine, alcohol and marijuana), academic achievement, cognitive skills, mental health and brain structure and function using advanced research methods.

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